Students in Japan Fall Short of State-Set English Skill Goals

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Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)--Third-year students in junior and senior high schools in Japan failed to meet respective state-set goals for English skills, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday.

The survey in fiscal 2018, which ended in March, found that 42.6 pct of third-year students in junior high schools were rated A1 or higher grades by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR, an international standard for grading language ability. The figure fell short of the state-set target of 50 pct or higher.

The proportion of third-year high school students rated A2 or higher under the CEFR stood at 40.2 pct, against the government's target of 50 pct or higher.

The A1 and A2 grades are equivalent to Grade 3 and Grade Pre-2, respectively, in Japan's popular Eiken English proficiency test.

Still, the proportions of third-year junior and senior high school students who achieved the state-set goals rose from the previous year by 1.9 percentage points and 0.9 point, respectively. The figures have been on an uptrend since fiscal 2013, when the survey started.

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